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The Bear’s Den, April 10, 2020

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We have a full house of offseason news for you today, and no fake twitter account reports.

Carolina Panthers v Chicago Bears
Remember when we last had a good tight end? Not much to impress since Zach Miller went down.
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THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

We are fully engaged in Rock Pocket week... where all of the songs have a deep pocket groove... the kind of groove for which you dim the lights, sit back, relax and flow...

Now if you want to see the very, very Not Safe For Work official video for this song, you can click here. You have been warned.

BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

BEARRRSSSS

Bears Seeing Inside Linebackers of Different Shapes and Sizes - SI.com - One position pushed into the background by all the receivers, offense and defensive backs in this draft is inside or middle linebacker.

Bears commit $1,920,000 to COVID-19 relief - ChicagoBears.com - The Bears and Bears Care, the team’s charitable arm, on Thursday announced a $1,920,000 commitment to COVID-19 relief efforts assisting those in need throughout Illinois.

NFL analysts predict who Bears will draft - ChicagoBears.com - With the NFL Draft just two weeks away, some national writers have updated their mock drafts. Here’s a sampling of who they think the Bears will select with their first two picks at Nos. 43 and 50 overall in the second round.

Do Any 2020 Draft-Eligible Quarterbacks Fit with the Chicago Bears? - Bleacher Nation - It’s time for the next step of the Chicago Bears’ offseason of talent acquisition: The 2020 NFL Draft. We’re going to look at some of the best prospects at

Potential Bears 2020 NFL Draft Targets: USC OL Austin Jackson - Bleacher Nation - Austin Jackson is one of the handful of offensive tackles who has first-round potential, but might slide into the second round.

”A Terrible Mistake” – One NFL Assistant Coach Thinks The Bears Whiffed Picking Foles over Newton - Bleacher Nation - As expected, not everyone is a fan of the Bears’ trade for Nick Foles.

Bears Commit $1.92M To Illinois COVID-19 Relief Efforts - 670 The Score - The Bears and their charitable arm, Bears Care, have committed $1.92 million to COVID-19 response efforts in the state of Illinois, the team announced Thursday. The donation is a significant increase from the team’s initial $250,000 donation.

Draft analysis: With their offensive line budget maxed out, Bears need help in draft - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears only have two picks before the fifth round. Quarterback is an obvious necessity, but so is offensive line.

Bears donate $2 million for coronavirus relief - Chicago Sun-Times - The team gave $250,000 each to four organizations.

Chicago Bears: 2020 NFL Draft Tight End Rankings - Chicago Audible Blog - Here's how the Chicago Bears' big board may look like at tight end for the 2020 NFL Draft.

Why Bears made Robert Quinn their big signing in NFL free agency - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears entered free agency with glaring needs at quarterback, tight end, guard, cornerback and safety. But signing an edge rusher made a lot of sense.

Chicago restaurant uses Mitch Trubisky to help explain social distancing - NBC Sports Chicago - Not even a pandemic can keep Chicago from making quarterback jokes.

Bears announce they’ll commit close to $2 million to COVID-19 relief efforts - NBC Sports Chicago - The team will be donating to a handful of different funds.

Bears lost the Nick Foles trade according to one prominent NFL writer - NBC Sports Chicago - There was also, of course, some more speculation about the Trubisky-Foles competition.

Here are 5 Bears games to watch while celebrating Roquan Smith's birthday - NBC Sports Chicago - And then remind yourself he's only 23 years old.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Cubs fans wait while Dodgers fans finally get their channel - Chicago Sun-Times - Might the coronavirus pandemic spur Comcast and Marquee to give people something else to watch? Probably not.

Sports marketing: Coronavirus shutdown presents challenges for teams, sponsors – The Rock River Times - There are no sponsored power plays at the moment. No doughnut races in the fourth quarter. No calls to the bullpen presented by phone companies.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Ex-NFL running back Chris Johnson accused in murder-for-hire plot related to 2015 gang hit: report - Fox News - Former Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson has reportedly ben accused of being involved in a gang-related murder-for-hire plot related to a 2015 shooting in Florida that resulted in the death of his friend.

Buccaneers G.M. says Jameis Winston not a bust, has a bright future - ProFootballTalk - The Buccaneers made Jameis Winston the No. 1 overall choice in 2015. He made one Pro Bowl, never led the team to the postseason and went 28-42 with only one winning season.

Roger Goodell: "The NFL is planning to play" - ProFootballTalk - NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has been conspicuous in his presence during the pandemic. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has been conspicuous in his absence.

Ranking all 4 Detroit Lions trade down scenarios by ESPN - Pride Of Detroit - A breakdown of four different trade down scenarios and our preference for each.

NFL Draft rumor: Detroit Lions have spoken with multiple teams about trading back - Pride Of Detroit - The Lions may actually do what we all expect them to do.

Report: 2 teams failed Tua Tagovailoa’s physical, including 1 picking in top 10 - Pride Of Detroit - The news isn’t all rosy for the potential top-five pick.

Tua Tagovailoa has "virtual pro day" workout - ProFootballTalk - Tua Tagovailoa can’t prove his health to NFL teams in person at the moment, so he’s going to try to do it virtually.

Lions talking to teams who want to trade up to No. 3 - NFL.com - The Detroit Lions have had conversations with teams about potentially moving out of No. 3 overall in a trade with a team looking to move up, Ian rapoport reported.

E50: Pocket Protectors [Was Harrison Smith Snubbed?] - Daily Norseman - Eric Eager and Nick Olson join Jayson Brown to discuss Harrison Smith’s exclusion from NFL.com’s All-Decade Team and what a perfect draft for the Vikings might look like.

A seven round mock draft to maximally terrify the Packers’ opponents - Acme Packing Company - Forget for a second what the Packers will do or what you hope they do. Think about what their opponents would least want them to do. We put together a mock attempting to identify who, in each round, would scare other teams the most. Ken's Note: The only thing that terrifies us about Packers and their fans is your body odor.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Schmitz: What do you currently think of Bears’ GM Ryan Pace? (With Brad Spielberger, Dan DeYoung, and Khari Thompson!) - Windy City Gridiron - With Free Agency winding down and NFL Draft prep heating up, it’s time for us to answer a simple question: what do we think of Ryan Pace? Robert S continues his conversation with Brad Spielberger, Khari Thompson, and Dan DeYoung as they share their answers on the latest Bear With Me!

Wiltfong's Mocking the Mocks: Who mocked it better for the Bears? - Windy City Gridiron - We check in on the four semifinal mock drafts in The Draft Network’s Mock Madness to see who had it best for the Chicago Bears.

Wiltfong: Which 5 Bears would you want to be quarantined with? - Windy City Gridiron - View the FanShot on SB Nation.

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